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    Friday, September 11, 2009

    The Fall of Troy

    The Madden Curse is alive and well. Just ask Troy Polamalu, he is the latest casualty on the list. What is the curse? Since the start of the decade there has been a rash of injuries/misfortune that has befallen the unlucky player that graces the cover of Madden NFL Football video games. This year the presumable double whammy of Troy Polamalu and Larry Fitzgerald have to contend with the myth. I for one feel the "myth" carries some disturbing weight. Here is the most recent list of cover guys for the venerable franchise.

    2001: Eddie George -No injury.
    2002: Daunte Culpepper - Missed five games, played poorly.
    2003: Marshall Faulk - Missed six games. Never ran for 1,000 yards again.
    2004: Michael Vick - Broke his leg, missed 11 games.
    2005: Ray Lewis - Missed only one game.
    2006: Donovan McNabb - Missed last seven games of the season.
    2007: Shaun Alexander - Broke his foot, missed six games.
    2008: Vince Young - Missed one game. Has yet to pan out as a top pick.
    2009: Brett Favre - Missed no games. Suffered undisclosed arm injury.
    2010: Troy Polamalu - Out 3-6 weeks with a knee injury.
    2010: Larry Fitzgerald - TBD.

    You be the judge, maybe it is just coincidence. Or maybe when Larry gets injured this weekend everyone will become believers. Stay tuned.

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